Few things are less appetizing than mold, and the last place anyone wants mold to be is where they eat. Unfortunately, kitchens can foster just the right atmosphere for mold growth. On the bright side, it is fairly easy to prevent if you just keep on top of things. Here are a couple of things you can do to keep that nasty mold out of your kitchen.
Tip #1 – Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is a prime target for mold growth. With all the different types of food you keep in your fridge and their varying expiration dates, it won’t take long to have mold begin to grow in your fridge. Fortunately, this is really easy to prevent. Make sure to seal any food you use and put back in the refrigerator. Perform an inventory if the food in your fridge regularly and dispose of any food that has gone bad. Most importantly, clean up any spills or exposed food in the fridge. That will prevent mold from growing in the fridge itself.
Tip #2- Fix Any Leaks
With all the different water sources and pipes running through your kitchen, it is at a higher risk for water leaks. Water leaks can cause a host of problems such as reduced water pressure, higher water bills, and yes.. mold growth. The cabinets below your sink provide the perfect conditions for mold to grow if the pipes are leaking. Inspect the pipes in your kitchen often, and if you find a leak, call a plumber right away to fix the problem and prevent more substantial mold problems.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
A lot of stuff probably goes down your garbage disposal. If all is working well, you’ll never to worry about seeing it again, but if there is a problem it could get gross really fast. Although a garbage disposal is designed to pulverize kitchen waste products, food particles will often become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the drain pipe. If not tended to, this will provide the perfect atmosphere for mold spores to develop. When the spores first begin to form, the smell will probably not be noticeable but given enough time you will begin to notice an unpleasant smell coming from somewhere in your kitchen.
To keep this from happening, an easy solution is cleaning your disposal weekly with a water and bleach solution. Simply mix one gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Pour the solution down the sink and let more water run through the sink for a few minutes. The bleach will kill the smell and the germs from the mold.
If you just follow these simple steps and keep a close eye on the state of things in your kitchen, you can prevent a lot of issues. Please be mindful that mold comes all in kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are small and minor while others are dangerous and spread quickly. If you have questions about mold in your home give the professionals at Pioneer Restoration a call. In the event that you are not able to prevent it to prevent or it just sneaks up on you Pioneer Restoration in Redmond, Oregon has years of experience and professional quality in mold damage removal, we are available day and night to help you with your mold problems.